President Rodrigo Duterte during the launching of the Go Negosyo’s ‘Pilipinas Angat Lahat’ program at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on August 14 said that he hopes China will temper its behavior.
“You cannot create an island, man-made, and you say that the air above this artificial island is yours,” President Duterte said speaking about West Philippine Sea.
“That is wrong because those waters are what we consider as international sea,” he said adding that no permission is needed to sail through international seas.
“And if it’s nearby a territorial water you guarantee the right to innocent passage,” he added.
“I hope that China would temper its behavior. I do not want to quarrel with China,” he said.